Nestled amidst the verdant Western Ghats of Karnataka, Mangalore is located at a distance of 357 km from Bangalore. Named after the Mangaladevi Temple built by the Ballal family of Attavar as a memorial to a princess of Kerala, Mangalore is gradually becoming a prominent name in the tourist map of Karnataka. Mangalore tour packages are now quite popular with tourists visiting Karnataka.
The district headquarters of Dakshina Kannada, Mangalore is known for coffee and cashew nut plantations. Its lush green hills and golden beachfront, together with the emerald backwaters, makes Mangalore a popular tourist destination for nature lovers. The devout would also be equally impressed with Mangalore, given the large number of temples in and around the Mangalore city.
The major tourist attractions to be seen in Mangalore City on a tour to Mangalore are the Mangaladevi Temple, Manjunatha Temple, Tipu Sultanís Battery, St. Aloysius Church, Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple, Light House Hill-Garden, Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, etc.
Fairs and Festivals on Mangalore Tour Packages Karnataka:
Dussehra and Sri Krishna Janmashtami are two major festivals in Mangalore and are celebrated with notable festivity and enthusiasm. Sri Krishna Janmashtami or the birth day of Lord Krishna, witnesses the exuberant enactment of the God's childhood endeavors to steal butter and curd from earthen pots beyond his reach. A matka or earthen pot containing milk, butter, etc. is suspended high above the ground and groups of young men form human pyramids to try and reach the pot and eventually break it.
The Tiger Dance is a unique form of tribal dance particular to Dakshina Kannada. This dance is performed during the Dussehra celebration and fascinates the young and the old alike. Since tiger is considered as the favored carrier of Goddess Sharada (an incarnation of Durga), this dance is performed to worship the ferocity and power of the Tiger. It is also performed during other festivals like Krishna Janmashtami.
The Aati festival is also one of the major festivals celebrated in Mangalore. Aatikalanja is a ritualistic folk dance performed by the Nalke community. Aati commences from July 17 and runs up to August 15. Other Hindu festivals, like Ganesh Puja and Navaratri are also celebrated here.
If you want to embark on Mangalore tour packages during a festival, it is wiser to book hotels beforehand, to avoid harassment because thousands of tourists flock the city at festival time.
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